Pol Lt-Gen Panya Mamen disclosed that police had narrowed down the number of suspects to about ten who are to be re-questioned
KOH TAO – Pol Lt-Gen Panya Mamen, acting assistant National Police Chief, is now saying that he is confident that they will be able to issue warrant for the arrest of or arrest the suspects in the September 15 murder of two British tourists on Koh Tao in a few days.
Pol Lt-Gen Panya Mamen disclosed that police had narrowed down the number of suspects to about ten who are to be re-questioned.
Thai PBS has reported that he said the ten suspects include Thais, foreigners and Myanmar migrant workers were at the AC Bar on Koh Tao on the night of September 15 between midnight to 4.40 am of the following day.
Pol Lt-Gen Panya said that although these group of suspects were not held in custody after they were once questioned they are being closely watched by plainclothes policemen to prevent them from escaping.
He explained that these suspects were to be questioned again because police had obtained some evidences which he declined to disclose but which are linked to the forensic evidences.
He said that police could not rush to conclude the case and had to pursue the case carefully to make sure that the real culprit or culprits are apprehended.
Pol Lt-Gen Panya also dismissed as groundless an allegation made by one suspect, Pornprasit Sukdam, that he was tortured by police to implicate others of being the suspects in the murder.